It’s finally open, but it’s Memphis in May so it’s raining, ugh. EMM fan Tayna Turner braved the wet and checked our the new Zambezi River Hippo Camp at the Memphis Zoo yesterday, which was actually a really smart idea as there were no crowds! The weather looks much better tomorrow, so here are some of her photos in case you’re thinking about visiting.

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This is a new, 4-acre area of the zoo (think Teton Trek or Northwest Passage) that includes an aviary, crocodile exhibit, primate area, streams and waterfalls, and of course, a giant hippo tank where you can see into the tank. This is the first major exhibit added to the zoo since Teton Trek opened in 2009.

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There are three hippos: long-time zoo residents Binti and Splish plus a new male hippo from Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Uzazi. Welcome to Memphis, Uzazi! We hope you all enjoy your 200,000 gallon home.

There are also four 12′ – 14′ long Nile crocodiles (three females and one male) that arrived from South Africa via (of course) FedEx. One of them is over 800 pounds!

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Also in this exhibit are okapi, nyala antelope and patas monkeys.

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In addition to animals you’ll find dugout canoes, a safari vehicle, tribal drums (that you can play!) and decorative masks. There is also an educational video you can watch, and an exhibit on an African coffee farm. There are three rondavels (round houses) in the exhibit which are available to rent out for special events.

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There are “tons of fish”

There are definitely some areas where you can stay dry, so brave the rain and go today if you’re game!

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Tanya Turner is mom to two rambunctious girls and is the Marketing Directory at Glankler Brown.